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Weighing in on California S.B. 1167—on the opposition side, insurance company associations claim that such restrictive legislation would deprive consumers of information needed to make informed decisions on repairing vehicles following accidents. Referring to S.B. 1167 as an “anti-consumer bill,” insurer representatives state that the best consumer is the most informed consumer.

 

   

On the request of the California Autobody Association (CAA), Senator Lou Correa (from the Santa Ana, California area) has introduced SB 1371, which would prohibit insurers from arbitrary “capping” paint and materials charges associated with automobile insurance.

Thursday, 07 February 2008 17:00

CRA Sponsors Tough Anti-Steering Legislation

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The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is sponsoring SB 1167 to stop insurers from driving through two holes in California’s anti-steering law. The legislation, introduced February 7, 2008 by State Senator Pat Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa), requires insurers to first determine if the claimant has selected a shop prior to any discussion of repairs; and it prohibits insurer discussions of DRPs if a claimant has selected a shop.

 

The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is supporting legislation, SB 1059, sponsored by State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) that would penalize an insurer that requires a repairer to install an aftermarket part on a vehicle under a factory warranty. The bill, introduced January 7, 2008, seeks to protect both consumers and repairers in situations where the use of an aftermarket part might void the factory warranty.

 

The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is supporting legislation, SB 1059, sponsored by State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) that would penalize an insurer that requires a repairer to install an aftermarket part on a vehicle under a factory warranty. The bill, introduced January 7, 2008, seeks to protect both consumers and repairers in situations where the use of an aftermarket part might void the factory warranty.

 

Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

California Denied EPA Waiver

Two recent political decisions – new energy legislation signed by President George Bush and the EPA’s denial of California’s tailpipe emissions waiver request – sent environmentalists on a roller coaster ride that ran smack into a wall like a crash test dummy with no seatbelts.

 

Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

Steering Is Still The Main Issue

The California Autobody Association (CAA) recently surveyed its members and steering was ranked as the number one issue facing shops. The CAA has always ranked it as one of the problems facing the industry. A few years ago we pushed for legislation and were able to get SB 551 passed, which became a model for other states to use in their fight for an effective steering law. But even with steering legislation in place, members have seen steering escalate.

 

During the regular 2007 legislative session, a number of property/casualty insurance-related bills were considered and approved by lawmakers. Following are enacted 2007 bills (with brief summaries) that will become law January 1, 2008:

 

Southern California small business owners – including many autobody repair shops and related autobody businesses – were reminded by California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to carefully review their insurance policies for business interruption coverage as recovery efforts get underway.

 

Alchemy Auto Painting & Collision Repair Inc., owned by Scott and Shelley Beetler of Corona, California, has opened its first location – one of the most advanced collision repair and auto painting facilities in the Inland Empire.